‘Little Pines’, by Ch’i-Chi (864-937)

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“Poking up from the ground barely above my knees,
already there’s holiness in their coiled roots.
Though harsh frost has whitened the hundred grasses,
deep in the courtyard, one grove of green!
In the late night long-legged spiders stir;
crickets are calling from empty stairs.

A thousand years from now who will stroll among these trees,
fashioning poems on their ancient dragon shapes?”

‘Little Pines’, by Ch’i-Chi (864-937)

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